BITES AND STINGS
Complimentary health remedies and techniques provided here are for informative and educational purposes only, and not intended as a guide to diagnosing or treating health problems. We advise that you seek a qualified, appropriate health care professional to treat existing conditions or for advice of health issue prevention.
"Heal your self - you help heal the family, the family helps to heal the community, the community helps to heal the nation, the nations help to heal the world." - Native American Philosophy = The Wabanaki (People of Light)
Wasp and hornet stings can be neutralised by immediate application of apple cidar vinegar (“mothers” variety is best) on the affected area. Or wash area with a small amount of onion, or split a leaf of leek and apply inside surface of leaf to your skin.
White Tail Spider and Rattle Snake bites can have very serious consequences , however in conjunction with treatment by your health care professional, a full course of Papaya Enzymes tablets (taken asap) can be extremely helpful in neutralising the venom’s effects, reducing inflammation, and muscle and skin reactions.
After being stung by a bee, if the stinger is still in the skin, it must be removed carefully—trying to pull the stinger out can pump more poison in—best to flick the stinger off. People who are allergic to bee stings need immediate medical treatment in case of an anaphylactic response (a severe allergic reaction which can cause the throat muscles to swell and contract, swelling around the eyes, skin rashes, sneezing, heart palpitations, muscle contractions, even heart seizures). If not allergic, wash the affected area with soap and water or alcohol or witchhazel. Ice or an ice pack (even a bag of frozen vegetables from the freezer) can be applied to reduce the swelling.
A very effective poultice, used to help withdraw the stinger, is stale bread wetted with milk. If necessary repeat, adding a new poultice when the first one dries.
Most non-venomous bites, such as ant and mosquito bites can be treated with the application of a number of non-toxic, household products like the ones listed below
To help keep insects away, daily supplements of vitamin B1 or brewer’s yeast, zinc or garlic are believed to be useful. Perfumes, hair spray and bright colours are considered to attract insects.
To repel ticks, mosquitoes and black flies, diluted tincture of yarrow flowers directly on all exposed skin is believed to be useful.
A plant which is considered to be one of the best treatments for insect bites is Plantain, also called Ribwort, Pig’s Ear or the Band-aid plant. To use Plantain make a fresh leaf poultice. Pick a leaf, chew it well and put it on the bite. This will reduce the pain, heat and swelling. You can include dry plantain leaves in your first aid kit and use them the same as you would fresh leaves.
The oldest and simplest poultice for bites and stings is mud. Powdered white clay, should be mixed with a small amount of water or herb tea (such as camomile which is anti-inflammatory) and applied directly to the sting as soon as possible. Cosmetic standard clay can be kept on hand at all times and is less likely to contain fungal spores. Finely ground grains such as rice or oatmeal or bland starchy substances such as grated potato, mallow root or arrowroot powder can also be used as effective poultices.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure, also known as “Hypertension” is a serious health problem. (Get advice and treatment from your qualified health care professional for this high blood pressure or for prevention of this condition). The following information is for educational purposes only. This information is not meant to help to diagnose, prevent, or treat noted health conditions.)
High blood pressure symptoms can include dizziness or dizzy spells, headaches or nose bleeds but high blood pressure doesn't usually cause any symptoms in the early stages.
Research has shown a few common factors in the majority of adults who develop high blood pressure
If diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is important to work with your health care professional, because this health condition if untreated, can damage your body’s organs and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, brain hemorrhage, vision loss and kidney disease.
There are a number of drugs which are prescribed to treat high blood pressure but most health care professionals agree that changing certain lifestyle patterns are the most important ingredient to lasting reduction in blood pressure. Changes usually recommended include: -
Natural products to avoid when suffering from high blood pressure include Ephedra, Licorice, Ginseng and Essential Rosemary Oil. Some health care professionals also mention that Ginkgo Biloeba should be avoided, while others state it is beneficial? You will either have to make up your own mind on this subject or seek further health care advice.
Natural Remedies and Foods considered beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure include:-
NATURAL WAYS TO HELP BEAT THE BLUES
NATURAL WAYS TO HELP BEAT THE BLUES
“Unhappiness is being labeled as depression, and so chemical mind-altering substances are offered as a way for us to cope with life’s adversities. How does this teach people to manage the hurts that life presents and that they will inevitably confront? How can a pill help people learn to self-soothe, self-direct, self-regulate and self-manage?” Excerpt from “Handbook for Happiness—Exploding the Depression Myth” by Lorraine West RN, RPN, B.A. Social Science (Mental Health), M.A. Couple and Family Therapy, has worked in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
Five Foods for Helping Beat Depression
Foods containing Omega 3 Oils e.g. Flaxseed, Walnuts. Chia seeds.
Research has shown that depressed people often lack a fatty acid known as EPA. Participants in a 2002 study featured in the Archives of General Psychiatry took just a gram of omega 3 oil (fish oil) each day and noticed a 50-percent decrease in symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disorders, unexplained feelings of sadness, suicidal thoughts, and decreased sex drive. Omega-3 fatty acids can also lower cholesterol improve cardiovascular health.
Brown Rice: Contains vitamins B1 and B3, and folic acid. Brown rice is also a low-glycemic food, which means it releases glucose into the bloodstream gradually, preventing sugar lows and mood swings. Brown rice also provides many of the trace minerals we need to function properly, as well as being a high-fibre food that can keep the digestive system healthy and lower cholesterol. Instant varieties of rice do not offer these benefits. Any time you see "instant" on a food label, avoid it.
Brewer's Yeast: Contains vitamins B1, B2 and B3. Mix a thimbleful of Brewer’s Yeast into any smoothie for your daily dose. This superfood packs a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals in a small package, including 16 amino acids and 14 minerals. These amino acids are vital for the healthy functioning of the nervous system and brain. Brewer’s yeast also helps the body deal with stress. If you do not tolerate Brewer’s Yeast well, try a Vitamin B Complex tablet instead.
Whole-grain oats: Contain folic acid, pantothenic acid and vitamins B6 and B1. Oats help lower cholesterol, are soothing to the digestive tract and help avoid the blood sugar crash-and-burn that can lead to crabbiness and mood swings. Other whole grains such as kamut, spelt and quinoa are also excellent choices for delivering brain-boosting nutrients and avoiding the pitfalls of refined grains such as white flour.
Cabbage: Contains vitamin C and folic acid. According to the American Association for Cancer Research cabbage protects against many types of cancers. Cabbage also protects against stress, infection and heart disease. To add cabbage to your diet, why not toss it in a salad instead of lettuce, use cabbage in place of lettuce wraps, stir fry it in your favorite Asian dish, make some classic cabbage soup or juice it. To avoid gas after eating cabbage, add a few fennel, caraway or cumin seeds before cooking. Cabbage is also a good source of blood-sugar-stabilizing fibre, and the raw juice of cabbage is a known cure for stomach ulcers.
Other important foods - raw cocoa, dark molasses and brazil nuts (high in selenium) are also excellent for boosting brain function and eliminating depression. Eat plenty of raw fruit and vegetables and drink at least two litres of purified water daily.
Things to avoid Avoid fast foods which are usually high in sugar, fat and refined carbohydrates. Avoid foods containing trans-fats. This includes most corn and potato chips, snack foods, supermarket biscuits and cakes (transfat content is seldom listed in the contents). Avoid soft drinks (sodas), with or without sugar.
Many commonly prescribed drugs -- such as antibiotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, pain killers, ulcer drugs, anticonvulsants, beta-blockers, anti-Parkinson's drugs, birth control pills, high blood pressure drugs, heart medications and psychotropic drugs -- deplete your body of depression-fighting vitamins and minerals, and therefore can contribute to depression. If you are taking any of these, don't quit them without talking to your doctor; but be aware that they may be contributing to you feeling depressed.
Avoid caffeine, smoking and foods high in fat and sugar. Excessive amounts of sugar can cause symptoms of depression and cause you to gain weight (which can also make you depressed). Keeping your blood sugar stable and getting B vitamins is important for stabilizing your mood. Cocoa can be good for your mood because it releases endorphins in the brain, but milk chocolate and candy varieties are very high in sugar.
Other non-food things to do * Get plenty of sunshine. Natural sunlight has a huge affect on the brain’s chemistry and an individual’s mood. It is a proven cure for feeling down
* Engage in regular exercise at least three times per week. Exercise lifts mood and alters brain chemistry in a positive way. “The national depression initiative, Beyond Blue, says a new awareness campaign promoting the benefits of exercise could make a significant difference for the one-in-five Australians who suffer depression. “ Beyond Blue has joined forces with the Exercise Physiologists Association to help educate both GPs and depression sufferers about the effectiveness of using exercise to manage depression. The Exercise Physiologists Association's New South Wales president, Chris Tzar, says exercise has been proven to be effective in fighting depression. "There are numerous studies that have shown those results," he said. "They range from aerobic-based exercise like walking or jogging to strength training. Exercise can also address anxiety and a range of other chronic conditions, not just depression."
* Have a good laugh and do it regularly. Laughter IS the best medicine.
Complimentary health remedies and techniques provided here are for educational purposes only and not intended as a guide for diagnosing or treating health problems. Health disorders should be treated by an appropriate health therapist.